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This week (May 22), Warner Bros. Pictures invited us to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond in The Color Purple. This bold new take on the beloved classic is directed by Blitz Bazawule (Black Is King, The Burial of Kojo) and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.

“The reason this moment is so important is because for as long as there is a need for self-discovery, self-empowerment, as long as there is a need for victory in someone’s life, as long as there is a need for people to know what it feels like to be loved up and to be made full and whole through somebody else’s love, there will be a need for The Color Purple.” said Winfrey. She continued, “So we have our iteration now coming out on December 25. I believe that in the future this story just grows and it never grows old. I mean this story not only still resonates almost 40 years later but it’s a story that we revisit, we quote, we talk about. It’s a part of our daily lives as if it just came out yesterday.”
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The Color Purple stars Taraji P. Henson (What Men Want, Hidden Figures), Danielle Brooks (Peacemaker, Orange Is the New Black), Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fear the Walking Dead), Corey Hawkins (In the Heights, BlacKkKlansman), H.E.R. (Judas and the Black Messiah, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration), Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid, Grown-ish), Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard, If Beale Street Could Talk), and Fantasia Barrino (in her major motion picture debut).

The screenplay is by Marcus Gardley (Maid, The Chi), based on the novel by Alice Walker and based on the musical stage play, book (of the musical stage play) by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The executive producers Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Carla Gardini, Mara Jacobs, Adam Fell, Courtenay Valenti, Sheila Walcott and Michael Beugg. Joining director Bazawule behind the camera are director of photography Dan Laustsen (John Wick: Chapter 4, The Shape of Water), production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (The Flash, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and editor Jon Poll (Bombshell, The Greatest Showman). The choreographer is Fatima Robinson (Coming 2 America, Dreamgirls) and the costumes are designed by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (Emancipation, One Night in Miami…). The music supervisors are Jordan Carroll (The Greatest Showman, Godfather of Harlem) and Morgan Rhodes (Space Jam: A New Legacy, Selma); the music is by Kris Bowers (King Richard, Green Book); and the executive music producers are Nick Baxter (Babylon, CODA), Stephen Bray (Respect, Juanita) and Blitz Bazawule.

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The Color Purple will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25 and internationally beginning January 18, 2024. Check out the official trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments.